Vikings new OC John DeFelippo isn't making major changes to last year's offense under Pat Shurmur. Both DeFelippo and Shurmur run West Coast systems. “The things you keep the same are formations, for example — what you call formations,” DeFilippo explained. “We’re calling the run game pretty much the exact same. If there was a [similar] pass concept that we’re putting in, we called it what they called it last season. Coach Shurmur got taught by Coach [Andy] Reid, and like the purest West Coast guys. I’ve learned from some of the guys on that tree, as well. So from a philosophical standpoint, there’s very similar things." Between the OC switch and the arrival of QB Kirk Cousins, there have been significant changes to a Vikings offense that ranked 11th in yards and 10th in points last year. Some continuity in offensive scheme should help the transition go more smoothly.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) is active for this morning's game against the Browns in London. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday, so we're not expecting the groin to be an issue. There's WR1 upside here vs. a Cleveland secondary missing top CB Jason McCourty.
The Vikings listed WR Stefon Diggs (groin) as questionable for this weekend's game against the Browns in London. He put in full practices on both Thursday and Friday, though, putting him on track to play. We'll find out Diggs' official status around 8 am ET on Sunday. Go ahead and pencil him back into fantasy lineups for now.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) was upgraded to a full participant in Thursday's practice. He's on track to play against the Browns this weekend. Diggs led all WRs in PPR points through his 4 healthy games and should be back in fantasy lineups for this week.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) put in a limited practice on Wednesday -- his 1st official workout since going down in Week 5. It gives him a shot to return for Sunday's game against the Browns in London. Check back tomorrow for another update.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) is out for Sunday's game against the Ravens. There's no timetable for return. Adam Thielen will again serve as Minnesota's #1 WR this weekend and is a rock-solid WR2 in fantasy lineups, despite a tough matchup.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) returned to practice on Thursday. He admitted beforehand, though, that his Week 7 status remains uncertain. “It’s kind of up in the air right now," he said. “Each day I’m going to do more and more. I feel good. (My) body feels fine. It’s not up to me. It’s bigger than me." We'll see how Diggs progresses over the next few days. Vikings-Ravens kicks off at 1 pm ET on Sunday.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) remained sidelined on Wednesday. He's yet to practice since injuring that groin 9 days ago. Fantasy owners can't plan on having Diggs for Week 7. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) is out for Sunday's game against the Packers. He didn't practice all week and isn't a lock to be back for next week's game against the Ravens. Minnesota's bye is in Week 9. Diggs' absence on Sunday should mean a few extra targets for WR Adam Thielen and TE Kyle Rudolph. Laquon Treadwell and Michael Floyd will handle #2 and #3 WR duties but can't be trusted in fantasy lineups.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) remained sidelined for Thursday's practice. He expects to play vs. Green Bay this weekend, but fantasy owners need to be making backup plans at this point. We'll update Diggs' status again tomorrow.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) did not practice on Wednesday. He played sparingly and was ineffective after injuring his groin in Monday night's game in Chicago. Diggs told reporters Wednesday that he plans to play vs. Green Bay this weekend -- but that doesn't mean a whole lot. We'll see if he's able to get back on the practice field tomorrow.
As expected, Vikings QB Sam Bradford (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bucs. That left knee continues to give him issues, and there's no concrete timetable for his return. QB Case Keenum gets another start for Minnesota on Sunday after completing just 54% of his passes for 167 scoreless yards in Pittsburgh last week. He’s a significant downgrade for the Vikings’ pass-catchers.
Vikings QB Sam Bradford (knee) is inactive for today’s game against the Steelers. He didn’t look anywhere close to 100% in pregame warmups. We’ll see if he can get ready for Week 3. Bradford’s absence today leaves Case Keenum under center. Keenum arrived in Minnesota this offseason after completing 61% of his passes with 9 TDs and 11 INTs in 10 appearances for the Rams last year. He posted a 69% completion rate, 2 TDs and 0 INTs this preseason. Keenum is a serviceable NFL backup but is still a downgrade for all of Vikings pass-catchers. Expect Minnesota to pound RB Dalvin Cook as much as possible.
Vikings QB Sam Bradford (knee) is a "legitimate game-time decision" for Week 2, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Bradford has no structural damage in that left knee but is dealing with "discomfort," Rapoport adds. The good news is that we'll find out his official status by noon ET today. The knee certainly adds risk to his fantasy value even if he plays, though. We just nudged Bradford and his pass-catchers down the Week 2 rankings.
Adam Thielen operated as the Vikings' slot WR in Sunday's preseason game against the 49ers. Per Pro Football Focus' Nathan Jahnke, Thielen ran 20 routes from the inside during the 1st half. Stefon Diggs, the primary slot man last year, ran 0. WR Laquan Treadwell ran 2. Thielen caught all 5 of his targets for 50 yards vs. the 'Niners. If he sticks in the slot, it figures to raise his volume and catch rate. Diggs would head in the other direction -- but would likely improve on last year's 10.8 yards per catch. This will be a situation to watch closely in Week 1. We just adjusted our projections for both Thielen and Diggs.
The Vikings signed WR Michael Floyd to a 1-year deal worth $1.5 million. He can reach $6 million total with incentives, per ESPN. Floyd completely tanked on the field in 2016 and was cut from the Cardinals after he was arrested in December for DUI. The 27-year-old ended up serving jail time, and it’s quite possible he’ll receive further discipline from the league. Floyd’s also currently under house arrest and won’t be able to join the Vikings until after June minicamps. In Minnesota, he’ll battle Adam Thielen and Laquon Treadwell for snaps behind #1 Stefon Diggs. The Vikings just drafted a pair of WRs, too (Rodney Adams and Stacy Coley).
The Vikings signed WR Adam Thielen to a 4-year, $19.2 million extension. He was a restricted free agent this offseason and set to hit unrestricted free agency next offseason. The new deal is a reward for a breakout 2016 campaign that saw Thielen rack up 69 catches, 967 yards and 5 TDs. Of course, a huge chunk of that production -- 12 catches, 202 yards and 2 TDs -- came in a Week 16 explosion in Green Bay. Thielen reached 70 yards in just 3 of his other 15 games. The contract extension is a sign, though, that Minnesota sees him as a key part of its passing game going forward. Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Laquon Treadwell will battle for standing on the depth chart this summer.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hip) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bears. He'll be held out after playing at less than 100% for much of the season. WR Laquon Treadwell (ankle) is also doubtful, and WR Charles Johnson (knee) is questionable. WR Adam Thielen and TE Kyle Rudolph should dominate Minnesota's targets.
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